Finding a reliable HVAC contractor may both be an annoying and intimidating experience. This is owing to the fact that there are innumerable contractors to select from and you’ve got no objective method to know which professionals are worth both your money and time.
This process, however, can be easier if you understand what qualities to look for when choosing an HVAC service.
Is properly certified
An HVAC firm should use technicians with NATE certification. This proves that the service hires knowledgeable, efficient, and professional technicians.
Has a solid reputation
It’s important to find an HVAC professional with consistently positive reviews. Check for prospective contractors on the BBB (better business bureau) site. This website provides a good platform for rating service providers using the A+ to F scale.
Is a member of a professional association
Search for a contractor who is registered with ACCA. You can log on to the ACCA site and search for contractors who belong to this association.
Surveys your property before giving cost estimates
An HVAC contractor should always survey your property before they come up with any definite estimation. Ignore any professional that tries to give you estimates on the telephone without taking a tour of your house.
They could give you a low estimate via the phone and then increase the price when they come over to your house.
Sells high-quality products
Ask potential HVAC professionals if they sell items with energy star rating. This guarantees that you get premium, energy-efficient equipment.
Works in a nearby office or shop
An HVAC contractor should have no problem inviting you into their office or shop. An HVAC contractor with a shop/office is an indicator that the company has been operational and will remain so, securing the warranties and guarantees they’ll give.
Can give you heating and cooling bills for the whole year
Using calculations of cooling-load and heat-load, a reliable HVAC professional can work out your home’s estimated annual bills for any equipment they’re telling you to install.
Will persuade you to purchase higher energy-efficient equipment
Contractors who aren’t familiar with the latest HVAC equipment and technology don’t know how to set them up and will dissuade you from purchasing higher energy-efficient equipment. A good HVAC contractor should be able to set up the latest energy-efficient equipment and can tell you how much money you can save by buying these models.
Probably won’t offer the lowest price
When you begin your search, please avoid the cheapest price. You’ll most likely find a shady contractor who is uninsured, unlicensed, and works from home. They will most likely fail to install your equipment properly, leading to higher energy costs.
You should take cost into consideration when you’ve settled on 2-3 options of quality contractors.